Archive of November 21, 2006

Pope trying to restore world's sense of faith and reason, Weigel says at U.N. conference

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has been reflecting upon the relationship of faith and reason and warning about the dangers that come with the loss of a reasonable faith for decades, long before the now-famous Regensburg lecture, said Papal scholar and author George Weigel at a conference held at the United Nations yesterday.

Pope Benedict XVI completes first book of Pontificate, "Jesus of Nazareth"

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has finished work on the first book of what he hopes will become a two volume exploration into the person of Jesus Christ.  Press releases from the both Vatican Press Office and Publishing House announced today that "Jesus of Nazareth, From His Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration," is to provide a historic and theologic alanalysis of the figure of Jesus.

Santa Rosa bishop offered counseling in lieu of criminal charges

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa will follow a four-month counseling program, rather than face criminal charges, for failing to report child abuse allegations against a local priest, announced Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua.

Cardinal Poupard heads meeting on Catholic culture in Goa

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Paul Poupard is in Goa, India this week to promote what he calls, a sincere and authentic intercultural and inter-religious dialogue carried out in mutual respect, openness and charity, he told a press conference yesterday.

Anti-celibacy sect attracts Catholic priests, ex-seminarians in Kenya

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Kenyan sect, opposed to mandatory priestly celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church, is quietly wooing former and suspended Catholic priests to join it, reported the Catholic Information Service for Africa.

Cardinal Bertone: Church’s social teaching enriches research and formation in Catholic universities

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a message to Cardinal Renato Martino, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, for the closing of the international conference “The University and the Social Teaching of the Church,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, said the Church’s social teaching enriches research and formation at Catholic universities.

“Architecture should point to the transcendent,” says Chilean designer

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One of Chile’s top architects said this week that architecture in both religious and civil structures should “point to the transcendent” and awaken in man “a more existential meaning of life.”

Archbishop exhorts faithful to respond positively to difficulties

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia has exhorted Catholics “to give positive and convincing responses to the expectations and questions of our people” and to show that “faith in the God who has a human face brings joy to the world.”

Vatican announces itinerary for top Anglican’s visit

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity announced today, the itinerary for the primate of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury, who is making an official visit to the Vatican this week.

Syrian Catholics reaching out to help Iraqi refugees

Nov 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to a Syrian bishop, Catholics in Syria are struggling to provide adequate aid and assistance to thousands of Iraqi refugees.  Bishop Antoine Audo, of the Chaldean Catholic diocese of Aleppo, said that some 25,000 Iraqis have fled to his country, seeking shelter.

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